Proud Boy Dominic Pezzola sobbed in a Washington, D.C., courtroom on Friday, as he asked a federal judge for leniency in his Jan. 6 sentence and vowed to stay out of politics in the future.
However, after receiving a 10-year prison sentence, Pezzola reportedly raised his fist and shouted, “Trump won,” as he left the courtroom, according to WUSA.
The 46-year-old, who smashed a Capitol window with a stolen police riot shield, stood trial alongside four other members of the Proud Boys earlier this year in one of the most high-profiles cases related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
The group faced seditious conspiracy charges for leading efforts to disrupt Congress’ certification of the 2020 election, following former President Trump’s loss to then-candidate Joe Biden.
Pezzola, a recent Proud Boy recruit, was the only one of the five to be acquitted of seditious conspiracy. Pezzola said that he stood before the judge as a changed man and was humbled. “But as a person who has taken full responsibility for his actions…I have never denied what happened on J6.”
Another Jan. 6 rioter, who tased former D.C. police officer Michael Fanone in the neck as he was dragged through the crowd, similarly shouted the phrase “Trump won” following his sentencing in June, NBC News reported.
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